'March For Optimism', Winchester High Street, 2014.
Having spent the best part of a year making woodcut prints with ambiguously utopian or optimistic slogans, I decided to take them out into the public square as placards. With the help of friends, family and members of the public - and the assistance of the local authorities and constabulary - we staged a March through Winchester. The March presented the idea of optimism and its continued existence despite so many reasons to be pessimistic (even more now than in 2014). The video of the March, the banners and placards formed part of my Graduate Platform show at Aspex Gallery, Porstmouth later that year. I led a similar march in Andover in 2015, as part of the Arts Council-funded Bureau of Exchange, with colleagues from Chapel Arts Andover
Imagined Futures show at K6 Gallery, Southampton, 2017
I was invited to install a show at K6 Gallery. I made a set of six large-scale woodcut prints and banners specifically for the venue. Free woodcut prints 'Imagine Better' were available for the people of Southampton to take away. The works imagined a future education policy prioritising creativity, critical reasoning, and imagination as keys to fulfilling each child’s potential.
The work was my oppositional response to primary assessment tests, attainment targets, rote-learning and teaching-to-the-test, which can dominate the lives of teachers and pupils in our primary schools. This tends to skew teaching priorities away from children’s holistic development and reduce in-school time for creative activities, reading-for-pleasure, art, drama and music. In addition, the Ofsted inspection regime seems designed to impose academisation, involving the massive transfer of public assets into private ownership.
A Walk for Stanley 2018-2019
A three-day walk from the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham to the Sandham Memorial Chapel in Burghclere. I carried a canteen of water from the Thames at Cookham with me on the journey and improvised a ceremony on arrival at Sandham to mark the strength of connection between the two sites. The walk was documented in 2-mile drawings, woodcut prints, Kodak Brownie photos, mobile photos, bird-sightings, poetry and prose. The mass of material was sequenced in collaboration with book-designer Jane Glennie and published as a limited-edition artist's book 'A Walk For Stanley', Peculiarity Press, 2019. (Only £20incl UK p&p) Get it here